Progeny: In the loins of a man
Have you ever noticed how it is always women who are barren in Scripture, not once in the entire Bible is infertility ever attributed to the male? It’s a proven fact that up to fifty percent of infertility is attributed to the male, so if Yahweh created humans then he was well aware of this fact, yet why is it in the Bible that infertility is always laid at the feet of the woman? Even if primitive man believed that all infertility was because a woman was barren it does not mean Yahweh should have agreed with them and supported the idea. Yahweh could have easily informed ignorant humans on the nature of reproduction, instead he led men to believe that they were the carriers of little Homunculus (sperm containing a complete individual human) in their loins, which directly led to the belief that women were only the soil which grew the Homunculus.
Gen.15: 3-4 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen.46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six;
Exo.1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
2Chron.6:9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.
Heb.7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Heb.7:9-10 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
According to the Bible it is Yahweh who causes women to be barren, and it is Yahweh who opens their wombs when he so desires to show his power. It seems that Yahweh is solely the cause of a woman’s infertility and it never has anything to do with the man. When Yahweh decides to open a woman’s womb she gets pregnant with the Homunculus from the man, otherwise she remains barren.
Gen. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Gen.21:1-2 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
Gen.20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.
Gen. 25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Gen.29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Gen.30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
1Sam.1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb…11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Judges 13:2-3 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
Isaiah 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
Luke 1:7 & 36 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years…And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
Another interesting fact noted in Scripture is the occurrence of abortions carried out by Yahweh. It seems that the Biblegod had no problem with causing women to miscarry, or the outright killing of an unborn fetus.
Hosea 9:14-16 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts…Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
Exo.21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
All in all it is very evident from the verses that I have listed that the primitive knowledge of men is what influenced the information on reproduction that we find in the Bible, which is just another pointer showing that it was men who penned the words of Scripture according to their limited understanding of the time period in which they lived.
The Birth of Sons
Another extremely obvious example of biblical male bias is the almost exclusive listings and occurrences of male births. In Genesis 4, Eve gives birth to three sons, Cain, Able, and Seth; Genesis 5, continues with a long list of male descendants from Adam, ending with Noah begetting sons and daughters. The only children of Noah that are named are his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth (whose wives remain nameless), and they were Noah’s only children to enter the Ark with him. The next stop in our male journey is the listing of the sons of Shem, Ham and Japheth in Genesis 10; the list mentions five sons of Japheth, four sons of Ham, and five sons of Shem, it then goes on to list their grandsons. So far in the story there is a plethora of male offspring being listed, but no females – which begs the question – where did Noah’s great grandsons find wives in a world where all life had just been destroyed by the Flood?
Now, the omission of female offspring is understandable, if one views biblical history as being written by males, but not so realistic given the god inspired view most Christians hold to. The Bible tells us that god created male and female to be fruitful and multiply, and we know that females carry half of the DNA, so if Scripture is truly god inspired why does it only focus on the birth of sons leaving half the population excluded? The mother of Jesus was Mary, yet her genealogy in not listed because according to Jewish law only the father’s bloodline counted. That is why Joseph who according to the Bible was only the stepfather of Jesus and not of his true bloodline gets mentioned in both Matthew and Luke. Since Jesus had no earthly father how are we to know his true lineage?
Continuing on with the biblical record of male births, the next in line is Terah, the father of Abraham who is in the lineage of Noah’s son, Shem. Terah had three sons, Abram, Nahor, and Lot. Abraham married Sarah who was barren, until God blessed her with a son called Isaac at ninety years of age. Abraham also had another son by his maid-servant Hagar. Abrahams only son by Sarah, Isaac marries Rebecca who is barren until midlife when God blesses her with twin sons, Jacob, and Esau. Of the two sons of Isaac, Jacob ends up fathering twelve sons and one daughter from his two wives and two concubines. The one daughter, Dinah, born of Leah is unique; it is the one and only time in the entire Bible where the birth of a named daughter is recorded.
Gen. 30:21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
So far in the biblical narrative there has been an abundance of male offspring begotten, which is understandable given the importance of patriarchy in the genealogical record, the part that is unbelievable is that all the dominant figures in the lineage of Adam always happen to have sons, how convenient is that given it is only the male offspring that are of any importance. If one views the Bible from the standpoint of being an historical document composed by male authors, the bias in favor of the male is expected, though the paucity of the female gender somewhat discredits its historical value. It is only when Scripture is held to be the inspired word of god that its incredulity becomes apparent. The simple laws of reproduction tells us that the chances of giving birth to male offspring is equal to that of female offspring, consequently the Bible reveals it is neither neutral nor objective, but has a male agenda which is seen throughout its pages by defining from its inception the superior status of male offspring. After critiquing the evidence of males being disproportionally represented and favored, one has no choice but to conclude that either the Bible was written by men who believed women to be inferior and not worthy of mention, or it was inspired by a misogynistic god who created the female with an inherent lesser value than the male. Speaking from the perspective of a woman who knows her intellect to be equivalent to that of a man, I choose to believe the Bible was written by men who lived in a culture of male dominance and hegemony; hence the god they created would reflect their male mindset.
Another interesting thought to contemplate and question to ask of the Biblegod, is why does an all knowing god allow evil people like Hitler to be born, when he knows that they will do nothing but perpetrate tremendous suffering upon humanity? We know from the Bible that its god has no problem with withholding conception and shutting up a woman’s womb for his own purposes.
Gen.30:2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
1Sam.1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
We also know from the Bible that god knows the thoughts and intents of a person before they are formed in the womb.
Jer. 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
In Hosea we read that god has no problem with causing a woman to miscarry or slaying the child after it is born.
Hosea 9:14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts…16) Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
Another verse that exemplifies god’s willingness to kill babies is the account of David and Bathsheba. Here we read that god specifically slays David’s firstborn son, because of David’s sin. Not only does god kill David’s son, but he first struck him down with a sickness and allowed him to suffer for seven days before he died, no matter how much David begged and pleaded for him to be saved.
2Sam.12:13-17 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died…
Last, but not least we know from scripture that god hates babies while they are still in the womb based on his foreknowledge. The apostle Paul tells us in Romans that god hated Esau while he was still in the womb, before the child could do good or evil, based solely on his knowing of how the child would turn out.
Romans 9:10-13 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
From all these verses that I have presented, it is clear to see that the god of the Bible is quite willing to close up a woman’s womb, cause a woman to miscarry a child, slay an infant after birth, or hate a baby before it is born. If all these things are true of god, then one would think he would have no problem in causing a woman to miscarry a child, if he knew that the baby would turn out to be an evil person like Hitler who was responsible for the deaths of more than six million people. We know however from all the evidence presented that the Bible was written by men and not inspired by god.
An Insurmountable Problem
As a closing note to this chapter an insurmountable problem comes to mind and must be overcome if one is to hold to the idea that the cosmos was designed by an intelligent god and that is the problem of suffering. This is not just suffering caused by those who wish to impose evil on others, but suffering at the hands of natural causes like diseases, mutations, and climatic conditions. If one chooses to hide under the banner of a creator then one must concede the fact that all the suffering we see in the world was and is intentionally allowed.